CHRIS HUGHTON was keen to praise the defensive resoluteness of his side after Brighton & Hove Albion's draw with Preston North End.
He said, “You have to look at the qualities in the team and when you not scoring the goals that you would want, you have to look at the fact that you have defended very well.
"We have had a goalkeeper that has had to defend well when we needed him to and you can gain something from that.
"On most occasions when we have won a game we've generally deserved to win it. There are going to be games like this where the opposition play well and defend well and you find it hard to break them down.
"We've got great character in the side and I think that showed. We weren't at our best. In my time here last season that was the type of game we possibly would have lost.
"We have got a bit of resilience now and we have certainly got experience in the team."
The Albion manager is delighted with his side’s 13-match unbeaten run, but was keen to highlight the clinical nature of the Championship.
"The best sides always find a way of winning a game. The longer it goes (unbeaten) it gets tougher, but that's the sort of challenge you want.
"We lacked that bit of quality you need to turn a game, that one moment that is going to turn a 0-0 into a 1-0, whether it's deserved or not.
"We watched part of the Blackburn v Burnley game. Blackburn had three really good chances and Burnley went up the other end and scored.
“That's the nature of the game. Our level of performance has generally been quite good and it's very difficult to do that week in, week out."
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SIMON GRAYSON was full of praise for his squad, who kept their third consecutive clean sheet following their 0-0 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex.
He told pnefc.net, “Nobody said it was going to be easy coming to the league leaders against a team with a lot of quality in it, but we have shown a lot of good attributes.
“We have worked really hard as a team; we had a good shape about us, we kept the ball when we needed to and looked comfortable in possession. We also had a couple of half decent opportunities to win the game as well.
“We have had a fantastic week with three clean sheets and five points out of nine.”
The Preston boss felt that his side could have easily secured all three points with appeals for a penalty turned down, while substitute Joe Garner had a couple of opportunities late in the game.
“Garns [Joe Garner] had two great chances late on, one cleared off the line and the other he probably caught too well, but we looked a threat and we are delighted with the performance.
“Jordan [Pickford] made a save when he was called upon, but we saw the game out. We managed them well, took the sting out of the game and attacked when we had the opportunity.
“To come to the Amex, quieten the crowd and stop a team who are top of the league and full of confidence was a real positive.”
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